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1  Squid launcher-- OH YEAH! in Halloween Costumes by dooney on: October 29, 2011 10:00:42 PM
"You ever seen one of these? No you haven't. I invented it."

My 2yo is always doing Vector's little "oh yeah" and the dance, so I decided to make him a Vector costume for Halloween.

Believe it or not, the pants and jacket each used to be a pair of youth 2XL swim trunks Smiley The launcher is a toy ball shooter painted white, inside a Method antibacterial wipes container and I made the squid too! I was all over town looking for a squid toy and finally just made it myself and I'm super happy with how it turned out.







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2  Hippos and her diaper logo for my friend in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by dooney on: July 05, 2011 06:59:09 PM
My friend loves hippos. I googled hippo clip art, cute hippo, hippopotamus clip art, etc and these were my three favorites. I couldn't decide which to do so I did them all. I was sooooo mad at that diagonal line in the top one. I haven't carved in ages and I think the carving block was sitting at an angle on top of something else in my supply drawer and it dented it. I didn't notice until I tried to do my first print with it. I hope she likes it anyway. (PS I did go back and clean those extraneous lines up a little more after this pic was taken)

She makes cloth diapers and this is her logo. It stands for Fluffy Butt Club.

I do a lot of crafty stuff but I think carving is my absolute favorite right now.
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3  Re: Amigurumi Addiction Tiny Edition in The Swap Gallery by dooney on: November 07, 2010 02:38:45 PM
I received from RhymeswOrange yesterday but only stopped by the mailbox this morning (our mail gets delivered to a box down the street). And because we live so far away from my parents and haven't been sending them pictures ever since my 21mo broke the camera, they bought us a new one, so I got to try it out today!
Here's everything:

A crab for my 3yo, who's been asking me for a crab ever since he watched the Wonder Pets Save the Fiddler Crab, and I could never find a good pattern he liked. AND for accessories, a mallet and lemon half, so funny! We've never actually eaten crab but Kalten loves smacking him and squeezing the lemon to make dinner.

His expression - priceless

closer look

Stealin my candy

His cute belly - his legs have some kind of wire in them, right? He's poseable!

Goodies for me! Toblerone, an eyeball pincushion from my Etsy favorites (I don't know if I'll be able to actually stick pins in it!), and an ergonomic crochet hook. Thanks so much for everything, RhymeswOrange!
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4  Little candy w/pattern (my first!) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by dooney on: October 02, 2010 07:23:55 PM

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So I got it in my head that I needed to make an apple with a razorblade in it for a Halloween decoration. Then it grew from there, and this little guy was born.

He's pretty simple, and would be cute in a candy dish in pastel colors with white twisty paper things for salt-water taffy
(and without the needle, obviously)
I used an F hook and sport-weight yarn because that's what I had on hand. I would've gone down a hook size or used thicker yarn if I could have. Let me know if I haven't done this right, it's my first pattern.
Twisty papers (make 2)
R1: Magic circle 6 sc (6) (leave a long tail on your mc for sewing on)
R2: *sc inc, sc 2* twice (Cool
R3: *sc inc, sc 3* twice (10)
R4: *sc inc, sc* around (15)
R5: *sc inc, sc 2* around (20)
FO, weave end in, set aside.
Main part
R1: Magic circle 6 sc (6)
R2: *sc inc* around (12)
R3: *sc inc, sc* around (18)
R4: *sc inc, sc 2* around (24)
R5: In back loops only, sc around (24)
R6-10: sc 24
R11: In back loops only, *sc2tog, sc2* around (18)
Embroider/attach face, sew on twisty papers (seriously, what ARE those called?), stuff almost to top.
R12: *sc2tog, sc* around (12)
Finish stuffing.
R13: *sc2tog* around
FO, weave in end, scrunch twisties to look natural.
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5  Tricky Treats! in Halloween Decor and Parties by dooney on: October 02, 2010 05:59:39 PM
This, my friends, is why we inspect our treats before we eat them.

Simple apple, from Amigurumi World, Sculpey III razorblade, Superglue.

One of those peanut butter taffy candies that nobody really likes, Sculpey needle.

Um, excuse me!

Little prop thief

The pb taffy was my first self-designed pattern & I'm pretty happy with it.

Notice there's almost no candy left...
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6  Anyone else have a feline yarn tensioner? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by dooney on: October 01, 2010 06:00:58 PM
Here's my kitty, Handsome Rob - or more commonly Rob the Blob, setting the tension for my yarn.

It's hard crocheting with a toddler using my arm for a headrest, he's so kind to offer to help me out. Unfortunately he adds a few of his own "fibers" to the yarn, and occasionally flosses as it passes by his face.
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7  Re: TTTPT Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by dooney on: October 01, 2010 05:30:50 PM
Yaaay, I received today! Sorry for the crap pics, my good camera was thrown across the room a few too many times by my 20-month-old, so I have to use my cell. And because I can't find the adapter to upload from the tiny card, I have to text them to facebook (and explain to all my friends what they are and what everything means and what is Discworld and who is Terry Pratchett), save them onto the computer, and then upload them to craftster!

Here's everything, an amaaaazing cross-stitch, a hand-carved golem stamp, stickery bonus, and it was all wrapped up in an owl Halloween bandanna!

The stitches are so tiny! And I love the tiny cabbages, too perfect!

I wish you could see how incredibly detailed this is.

And my very own golem! I will be stamping him (it, lol) everywhere!


It's funny, when we were assigned partners I remarked at how similar we were, and then we go and send each other very similar stuff (a stamp and a stamp!) but we still had totally different ideas.

Thanks so much, millik!
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8  Re: Amigurumi World along? in Crochetalongs by dooney on: September 29, 2010 04:02:10 PM
I've had the book for a while, but haven't made anything from it yet. I got Amigurumi Two when it came out and made a bluebird (from the mobile, just the big one) and an airplane.

The bluebird was a gift for my grandma because she taught me to crochet. I moved 1200 miles away and couldn't go home when she passed away two months later, so my mom hung it up at her funeral for me Sad
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9  Re: Baby Monsters! Very basic amigurumi and tutorial to get you started! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by dooney on: September 04, 2010 12:57:52 PM
Okeydokey. Here's mine. Except I am lazy and I don't like to sew pieces together. So on the last round I crocheted in the back loops only, then decreased til I had 6sts and sewed together. It makes a nice little base for him to sit. My 3yo insisted on using the nose so I left the mouth off.
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10  Things that fly in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by dooney on: September 04, 2010 12:30:54 PM
I made this airplane for my 3yo. He's disappointed because the propeller doesn't actually turn  Undecided And he wanted red, but I didn't have any red yarn. The pattern is from Ana Paula Rimoli's "Amigurumi Two!" I'm sure it isn't quite right because he kept running off with it whenever I set it down and unraveling a bunch of stitches, lol

I totally staged that picture, BTW. Snuck in his room while he was napping and stuck it under his arm.





For some reason, I'm drawn to making birds. (here is the other one I posted today) I think this is the best bird pattern I've run across, although I made a few changes. It's the bluebird pattern from "Super-Super Cute Crochet" by Brigitte Read. Obviously, I made mine a robin because I miss the robins back home in IL. There aren't any here in CO! Plenty of sparrows, pigeons, and love doves, but no robins. I changed the head angle because I liked her sitting up more. The original would had the whole belly facing down with the head completely on the brown, and when I was playing around with arranging all the pieces, I just liked this better. I also reduced the number of stitches in the head because it would've been way ginormous. Interestingly, the way I made it looks like the picture in the book. The pattern also didn't show you how to make that little dip in the tail, it just had treble crochet all the way across, but the picture shows the dip. So I did hdc for the middle 2 stitches and it turned out alright.
OK, 'nuff gabbing. Pictures.



3yo takes her for a ride in the beach patrol truck.

Love the posable wings!
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